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  1. Nurses struggling with mental illness
    Take the time off. Be selfish, or self-caring if that suits you better. Get your meds right, so you can be the other things in their time. After I was diagnosed, I took almost a year off to get...
    Dec 15, '08
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  2. Nurses struggling with mental illness
    Newly diagnosed, and your psych won't see you until January? You should be being seen every week to two weeks, and getting your meds tweaked based on how you're feeling. Have you considered...
    Dec 15, '08
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  3. Nurses struggling with mental illness
    I have akasthisia from my Geodon as well, although not as severe as what I had with Abilify. I'll probably end up on Cogentin, considering I haven't been able to tolerate any of the other AAPs. It...
    Dec 12, '08
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  4. Nurses struggling with mental illness
    I've been away for awhile. It's been a rough few months, and I just wanted to check back in. I have bipolar I, rapid cycling, mixed state, and after I had gallbladder surgery I ended up in the...
    Dec 12, '08
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  5. In your LTC dining room
    I don't staff a nurse in the dining room. I have three aides there, they are CPR certified, and there is an emergency paging phone on the wall. The dining room isn't so far away from the floors...
    Nov 1, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Do you sign "RN' after your name OUTSIDE of the hospital?
    That's sort of like insisting people call you Dr. So and So, when you have a PhD in Llama hearding or somesuch, isn't it :)
    Nov 1, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. How do you address your patients?
    I grew up in, and live in the south. We use Mr. or Miss followed by the first name. Miss Mary, Mr. John. I also Ma'm and Sir everyone older than me. I remember learning this at a very young...
    Oct 18, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Bipolar Disorder and other Psych DX
    I am a Director of Nursing who happens to have Bipolar Disease Type I. My fellow department heads, as well as my Administrator are all aware of my disease, and are very supportive. I have chosen...
    Oct 17, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Please help me come up with a name for a New LTC facility!!
    Think about something local for your facility--something that evokes "home" for the elders living in your local area who will become residents.
    Oct 17, '08
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  10. Alaska Nursing
    I lived in Eagle River (just north of Anchorage) and worked at Alaska Regional in the ICU/CCU from 1997-2000. At that time, it was a great unit to work in, and I had nothing but good experiences...
    Oct 15, '08
    Forum: Alaska Nursing
  11. Can bipolar disorder get in the way of recieving lnursing licensure?
    I am BP1, and I take: Seroquel 450mg at HS Lamictal 200mg BID Effexor 75mg BID Neurontin 300mg at 5p and HS I've been on the Seroquel/Lamictal/Effexor combo for about 5 years, and recently...
    Oct 14, '08
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  12. Accuracy with new admissions!!
    We use case studies to do admissions teaching. We spend an entire day of orientation on admissions and discharges. Then, they do both during their floor orientation. If they are having trouble...
    Oct 14, '08
    Forum: LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant
  13. How long does it take to get your license back after narc. diversion
    You didn't say whether or not the BON had put you in a nurse recovery program (a diversion program). Each state has their own time frame. Where I live, it's a 5 year program, after you attend...
    Oct 9, '08
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  14. Monthly MAR/ TAR order checks
    Here's what we do: 1. The desk nurse takes off the days orders and during the transcription process, updates both the computerized order system and hand updates that month's POS/MAR/TARs. 2. ...
    Oct 9, '08
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  15. Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
    It's about time. It's been a 20 year long fight. I look forward to not having to "ration" the number of visits I can make to my psychARNP for a change!
    Oct 8, '08
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  16. LTC questions
    So, if you had a unit manager that helped you with anything you needed (families, patients going bad, incident reporting, admissions paperwork, discharge paperwork, and so forth) they'd "just get in...
    Oct 7, '08
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. LTC questions
    I staff a wound/treatment nurse, a desk nurse, and two unit managers (short term and LTC). Short term is, in my opinion, impossible to run without a desk nurse--I have either a MD or an ARNP on the...
    Oct 7, '08
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  18. Need Help From Nurses In Recovery!
    As a nurse with both a mental illness (bipolar disease) and the disease of alcohol addiction, I am absolutely floored (still, after 9 years sober) at the attitude of our many in our profession to...
    Oct 7, '08
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  19. Could you all please help me by answering some questions???
    1.) What kinds of writing did you have to do to get the job you have? The usual business writing skills. However, I was a technical writer in my previous career, so my writing skills were...
    Oct 5, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. How far do you drive?
    I only drive 5 minutes to work--which is the absolute closest I have ever lived to work. The longest trip I've ever made was 1.5 hours to my first nursing job. I finally quit driving the whole...
    Oct 5, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. WANTED: smokers and smokers that have successfully quit!
    1. How long have you been a smoker? On and off, since 1985. I'm in an on phase right now. My longest time without cigarettes was 11 years. 2. How often and how much to you generally smoke...
    Oct 5, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Meds in lock up
    All scheduled drugs, plus Lyrica and Phenergan. We also double lock our EDKs (Emergency Drug Kits), because they contain scheduled drugs.
    Oct 4, '08
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  23. LTC questions
    30 LTC residents to one nurse is the norm in my building. I started out as a staff nurse passing meds, and it took me about 2-1/2 hours. I came from acute care, and was slow as all get out the...
    Oct 4, '08
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  24. what does a nurse manager/administrator do?
    Good lord. This answer could be miles long, but I'll try to make it short. It won't include ALL the things I do, but it will hit some of the high points! As the Director of Nursing Services...
    Sep 30, '08
    Forum: Nurse Management
  25. Got my First  Nursing Job LTC
    I *love* your enthusiasm. Hang on to that throughout your career and you'll be a GREAT nurse :)
    Sep 30, '08
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner


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